The first woman and person of color to serve as CEO in her organization’s 144-year history. A human rights activist who lost her entire immediate family to genocide. A US Army veteran who advocates for LGBTQ+ rights on a national stage. A biotech founder on a mission to cure Alzheimer’s. The only woman of color to serve as Jeff Bezos’ technical advisor.
These are just a few of the jaw-dropping, amazing humans that make up this year’s Champion Awards finalists. This group, selected by our elite Champion Committee from more than 600 nominees that YOU submitted, hails from all across the country and represents a broad range of sectors. It is richly, beautifully diverse, unified by each person’s exemplary leadership when it comes to supporting women, minorities, the underprivileged and underrepresented. If you want to get inspired, click through to read their full bios – and to give them your vote.
The Role Model Award
A role model demonstrates what is possible for ambitious women. They are someone with a long trajectory, demonstrated integrity and leadership in their field, who inspires other women to strive for greatness. Here are the finalists:
The Advocate Award
An advocate is an individual or organization that uses their public platform to promote and advance our causes.
The finalists are:
The Founder Award
A founder has persevered in the face of adversity to launch and grow a business. Here are the finalists:
The Investor Award
An investor who has literally put “their money where their mouth is” when it comes to investing in women-led businesses and helping founders succeed. The finalists are:
The Sponsor Award
A sponsor leverages their network and resources to help the people that they mentor advance and succeed in their career. Here are the finalists:
The Company Award
This organization has created a work culture that supports and advances equity, forging meaningful outcomes for its employees that run counter to what’s typical in its industry as a whole. The finalists are: